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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Photo of the Day – June 16, 2010: Meeker Avenue Flea Market

I first went to the Meeker Avenue Flea Market last September.  I was very impressed with this market even though it had only been open for two weeks.  I knew I had to put it in the Markets of New York City guidebook; I had a strong feeling that it would be sticking around.  Now, just ten months later, my hunch has been confirmed.  The Meeker Avenue Flea Market has developed into an amazing source for antique and vintage furniture and decor.

When Good Day New York asked me to take Entertainment Anchor Julie Chang to a flea market, I thought of Meeker Avenue immediately.  Not only is this market open 7 days a week, but it is a true destination, deep into Williamsburg, for antiques shoppers and dealers alike.  We saw battered steamer trunks that had obviously seen the far corners of the world.  There was a romantic sleigh bed, and an art deco bar in perfect condition.  There were chairs, tables, and even antique bicycles for sale, as well as more contemporary items like desks and conference room chairs. The extremely long stainless steel commercial kitchen tables evoked a million possibilities for restaurants, diners, or soda fountains.  And who doesn’t need a vintage Elvis lamp with glowing blue eyes?

Most of the items to be found at this market have had many prior lives, like the tiny school desks that brought back so many memories.  But they were built to last, unlike much of today’s disposable merchandise.  Not only can you find high quality craftsmanship, but you are keeping these pieces out of the landfill by bringing them home and shining them up for their next incarnation.

The Good Day New York segment on the Meeker Avenue Flea Market aired today.  You can visit the market any day of the week, and they also have an online shop featuring many of their one-of-a-kind pieces.  You can spend an entire weekend day at the markets in Williamsburg and also visit the two nearby Artists and Fleas markets (on 6th Street and in McCarran Park), and the Greenpoint Greenmarket on Saturdays.

If you didn’t catch the information at the end of the Good Day New York Segment, my Picks of the Week are:

– Hester Street Fair – Food, fleas, and farmers on the lower East Side – The {NewNew}’s pop-up shop on Governor’s Island all summer long – Brooklyn Indie Market in Carroll Gardens with a great neighborhood vibe, and high quality handmade jewelry, clothing, soaps, home decor, and more. – Fulton Stall Market – Farmers, food and crafts in the South Street Seaport-



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